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Contemporary Istanbul welcomes Marc-Olivier Wahler as its Artistic Advisor!

In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor.
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In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor. 

Currently Wahler is the founder and director of Chalet Society, Paris, an exhibition space that goes beyond the white box and delves into ideas, education, creation, and collection all in a community space. Previously, in 1995 he co: founded CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and stood as its director until 2000, exhibiting artists during his tenure like Jonathan Monk, Franz West, Mike Kelley, Ugo Rondinone, and Paul McCarthy. In 2000 until 2006 Wahler was at the helm of the Swiss Institute in New York, curating large scale exhibitions with artists, including Urs Fischer, Takashi Murakami, Jim Shaw, and Aleksandra Mir. And, from 2006, until he founded the Chalet Society in 2012, Wahler was the director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and was the founding editor of Palais/ Magazine. Under his directorship there, the Palais de Tokyo was regarded as Paris’ best champion of emerging talent.

Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in Art For Tomorrow conference

Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in the New York Times Art For Tomorrow conference, took place at Doha, Qatar, March 14 – 16!
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Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul’s Founder and Chairman participated in the New York Times Art For Tomorrow conference, took place at Doha, Qatar, March 14 – 16!

On Monday March 16, Ali Güreli was joined Victoria SiddallDirector of the Frieze Art Fairs London and New York and Frieze Masters; Savita Apte,Chair of the Abraaj Art Prizeand a committee member of Art Dubai; and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of The Serpentine Galleries. The discussion was moderated by Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art and Architecture Critic of The New York Times. Together they will discuss Art Fairs and Festivals: Global/Local, Temporary/Permanent.

 

Gureli spoke about the unique position of Contemporary Istanbul, both locally (within Turkey) and to its immediate regions. Highlighting the importance of Istanbul’s location in relation to its surrounding regions, linking East to West, Gureli talked about the fair and the city’s role at the centre of a series of constantly shifting cultural and political landscapes and how this translates into Istanbul’s cultural scene both now and in the future.

Due to be opened by one of the world's strongest arts & culture advocates, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the inaugural Art for Tomorrow conference focused on the art and architecture that is playing a vital role in building communities, developing commerce and enriching lives throughout the globe.

Art for Tomorrow welcomed 200 invited guests representing the arts, public and private sectors, tourism experts, city planners and business developers. The conference discussed the changing dynamics of art and architecture, and their potential to transform people and places.

CI was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research as the second most attended contemporary art fair

Art market analysis service Skate’s released its 2014 Art Fairs Report, which "focuses on the world’s major art fairs and their operators, aggregated statistics for the world’s most important art fairs and various subsets of data. 

Contemporary Istanbul was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research in New York as the second most attended contemporary art fair in the frontier markets (second to ARCO in Madrid, Spain). According to ArtNews editorial about Skate’s Report, Contemporary Istanbul 2014 listed as 5th most visited art fair in the top 10 Skate Art Market Research with more visitors than the Armory Show, Frieze New York and FIAC.